Words from dignitaries

Word from the mayor of Quebec City

A stroll through Old Québec is like a trip back in time— especially when the New France Festival is in full swing. This event highlights the very essence of our city, and the unique accent that sets us apart and charms visitors from around the globe. For 24 years, the New France Festival has been providing us with an opportunity to explore our rich and exciting past. Through memorable moments from our history and the lives of the men and women who came before us, we reconnect with what makes us who we are today. And since nothing beats learning when you’re having fun, festival organizers have put together an educational treasure hunt this year. From August 5 to 15, Old Québec will be even more abuzz than usual as participants search for the keys to seven doors in time so they can help historical figures return to New France. Kudos to festival organizers and local artists and artisans for creating this exciting concept and bringing it to life.

Here’s wishing all of you, from near or far, a wonderful New France Festival!

Word from the Minister of Canadian Heritage

As Minister of Canadian Heritage, it’s my pleasure to welcome you to New France! First of all, I’d like to thank the organizers for planning this spectacular celebration once again this year.

Our government is happy to support innovative festivals that celebrate the history and heritage of our great country. The New France Festival is a wonderful example. It has been flexible in adapting to our current reality by offering new activities where everyone can have fun while still respecting physical distancing.

This summer, those at the festival can reconnect with the past while discovering the important figures that shaped New France, and the Canada we know today. Without a doubt, this vibrant festival will enchant everyone from locals to visitors, while also contributing to the recovery of our cultural and tourism industries.

Best wishes for a successful gathering!

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault